Akhtar Hameed Khan National Centre for Rural Development & Municipal Administration (AHK-NCRD ) was established as a federal training and research institution in the year 1979 and become operational in 1983, it was declared as an attached department of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in 1988. In recognition of invaluable services rendered by late Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan for the cause of community development, strengthening of civil society and socio-economic empowerment of the poor and marginalized people living in informal settlements in Pakistan, Government of Pakistan renamed NCRD as Ahktar Hameed Khan National Center for Rural Development and Municipal Administration (AHK-NCRD ). After the announcement of three new ministries by Cabinet Division w.e.f 29th July 2011, NCRD has become the attached department of Ministry of Professional and Technical Trainings.
Besides, catering to the training and research needs of rural development, municipal administration themes, AHK NCRD liaises with various international agencies like CIRDAP, SAARC, APO, UNICEF, ILO, FES, ESCAP & AARDO, LOGOTRI and other such organizations engaged in rural uplift endeavors. The Centre is situated at a distance of 10 km. from Faizabad on Park Road, Chak Shahzad. The Campus is located on 12 acres of land comprising administrative block, auditorium, conference room, classrooms, faculty offices, Library and hostel apart from a small residential colony for the employees. The Annual Training Calendar 2011-2012 highlights the details of NCRD training programmes proposed to be organized during this year. The agencies interested to designate their functionaries in any of the specific training programmes may, however, confirm the dates again. Two Computer Labs have also been established at NCRD to conduct IT and Technical related trainings. No training fee is charged from participants for all of the courses. However, the departments / organizations of the nominees bear the cost of TA & DA etc. Hostel accommodation for participants on double occupancy basis is available at affordable rates. Besides accommodation mess facility is available on self-financing basis. AHK-NCRD also extends logistical, secretarial and faculty support to national and international organizations for seminars, workshops and training courses.